Medal of Excellence

The American Association of Kidney Patients’ (AAKP) Medal of Excellence is one of the Association's highest honors for kidney healthcare professionals and is designed to elevate local, national and international figures who have been in the forefront of advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. The award recognizes professionals who are committed to improving and extending the lives of all  kidney patients through advocacy, research, technology and quality-driven  treatments that protect patient dignity and fully align with patient aspirations. This prestigious award program recognizes a variety of professionals within the health care team including: nephrologists, transplant surgeons, transplant professionals, nurses, social workers, dietitians and dialysis technicians.

2024 Award Recipients

Transplant Surgeon Category

Transplant Surgeon Category


transplant professional CATEGORY

A. Osama Gaber, MD, FACS, FAST

Steven Potter, MD, FACS

Barry H. Smith, MD, PhD

Kenneth A. Newell, MD, PhD


dialysis technician category

dietitian category

social worker category

Roslyn B. Mannon, MD, FASN

Ryan White, CCHT

Michele Cook, RD, CSR, LD

Sharyn Kreitzer, MSW

nursing category

Anita K. Sites, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP-BC, CCTC

AAKP honors Medal of Excellence recipients throughout the year at various events.  2024 recognition events* include:

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons Symposium: January 11 - 14, 2024
  • National Association of Nephrology technicians/Technologists DialysisTechConneXion41: March 25-28, 2024
  • Renal Physicians Association Annual Meeting: April 11 - 14, 2024
  • American Transplant Congress - American Society of Transplant Town Hall: June 1 - 5, 2024

*Additional events will be added as they are confirmed.

Past Award Recipients

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